Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 410. Updated Tuesday, 20 May 2014

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New research push on family violence

A new National Research Agenda aimed at reducing violence against women and children has been launched by Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator Michaelia Cash.

Senator Cash said the lack of a dedicated, focused research agenda had been identified as a crucial missing element in the effort to reduce violence against women and children.

She said the National Research Agenda to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children would help build a shared understanding of research priorities to support practitioners and policy makers.

"We need services and systems that are culturally appropriate, and work well across the health, justice and child protection sectors," Senator Cash said.

Mr Andrews said the National Research Agenda was developed by the Australian National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS), formerly named the National Centre of Excellence to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.

Key priorities identified

"ANROWS is one of the most critical elements of the First Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022," Mr Andrews said.

"The organisation was built as a partnership between all Australian Governments, with $3 million each year in ongoing funding. But it will enable everyone, not just Governments, to contribute to the evidence base on what works to reduce domestic and family violence and sexual assault."

Mr Andrews said as its first key piece of work, ANROWS had identified key priorities including research to support primary prevention, and to improve service and system responses to women and their children experiencing violence.

He said this research agenda followed extensive consultations with a broad range of practitioners, researchers and policy makers.

The Second Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022 is due to be launched in mid-2014.

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